8 Essentials for Startups (#8 is usually an afterthought…but so essential)

8 Essentials for Startups (#8 is usually an afterthought…but so essential)

So here we are in 2017. Didn’t the last year go quickly. It just seems like the year started a few months ago and now it’s gone. However, while 2016 is gone, the desire to start that new venture  is still there. In fact, it’s the  same desire that’s been lurking at the back of your mind for the last few years. So what are the 8 essentials that you need to start up that business or organization you’ve been talking about.   Essential #1 – S is for Solve a Problem Every great start-up organization or business is built on a purpose. A…

What is your Defining Moment?

What is your Defining Moment?

You have something to say, you have a message, and you give it your best shot, not everyone likes it. What do you do? We often live in the shadow of who we really want to become, second guessing ourselves as to whether or not the timing is right.  Because we are too frightened of unmasking that person, so we find a rational and logical excuse: the timing is wrong, tomorrow, next week, when I get promoted, when I feel like it, when I have the finances. The biggest one is ‘I’m not feeling it right now’, a load of BS, just plain excuses. How many excuses have…

An Epic Fail… [What making Green Juice Taught me about Life  & Business]

An Epic Fail… [What making Green Juice Taught me about Life  & Business]

Green. Juice. I know for many people those two words are likely to result in you making your face up and wondering why anyone in their right mind would drink the culinary equivalent of engine oil. And if you think that, I wouldn’t blame you, as I was there with you just few months ago. When Judy first introduced it to me, I was having none of it… Until I became desperate! With a significant birthday approaching I decided that I would make some drastic changes as the things I used to do I could do them no more. 🙂 So, having reluctantly…

You’re never too old to Dream BIG!

You’re never too old to Dream BIG!

A recent Facebook post about my morning ritual earned me the title of ‘old man’! My friend had no problems with the reading, reflection and prayer that I did nor with the cardiovascular or muscular exercises. She had an issue with my lemon tea and cornmeal porridge. Of course, it was all tongue in cheek but on reflection I can see how she may have come to that conclusion. Today, the pressure is on for us to be young or at least to look it. And with our kids referring to us as old the minute we transition into our…

[Chapter 22] Verbalize your reason for living!

[Chapter 22] Verbalize your reason for living!

Two decades ago, Bob Hoskins, that British icon in Hollywood, hit our UK TV screens with a simple yet very memorable message for telecoms giant BT; ‘It’s good to talk!’ Do you remember it? Well, the idea for the campaign was set in motion during a meeting with senior BT executives where a brand consultant introduced the idea of ‘reciprocated confidences’. It sounds complex but it’s a simple concept which says that the exchange of confidences between individuals leads to better communications and subsequently deeper relationships. This concept was responsible for positioning BT as a true communications company and helped them to lose the ‘Britain’s Most Hated Company’ tag as well as…

What are you creating?

What are you creating?

In our house we just love chocolates. (Yeah, I know it shows. ☺) A few years ago Judy bought our daughter Leah a set of chocolate moulds which she just loves to use. She melts the chocolate and pours it into the mould and no matter how messy the process she always ends up with something resembling the mould. All her actions result in a gorgeous delicacy which she sometimes shares! Our daughter’s mould is just like a parody of life. Our backgrounds, experiences and our environment are like a mould that will create something as we pour our lives into it. If, however, we…

Do you want to be an exceptional Entrepreneur?… You’ll need to know how to Brand like Madonna!

Do you want to be an exceptional Entrepreneur?… You’ll need to know how to  Brand like Madonna!

Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone wears many hats: singer, songwriter, producer, director, actress, philanthropist & entrepreneur. Known simply as Madonna, she is widely acknowledged as the reigning Queen of Pop, having sold more than 300 million records during her music career by constantly reinventing herself and being an early adopter. Who else to show us a thing or two about branding. Controversial, provocative, ruthless, genius are just some of the names you could use to describe someone who has been on the top of the charts and in the public eye since the release of her first album in 1982. Ever since that release she has displayed an uncanny ability to ride current trends and reinvent herself,…

Is it really to die for?

Is it really to die for?

Do you believe in what you’re doing? Robert Chesebrough, the inventor of Vaseline, believed in his product. He was so convinced of its healing properties that he became his own guinea pig. He burned himself with acid and flame, and cut and scratched himself so often so often and so deeply, that he bored the scars of his test for the rest of his life. But, in the process he proved that his product worked. People only had to look at his wounds, now healed, to see both the value of his work and the extent of his belief.  …

The Toaster who wanted to be a Kettle!

The Toaster who wanted to be a Kettle!

Have you ever heard the story about the toaster that wanted to be a kettle? No? OK, let me tell you about it! There was once was a little toaster named Bernie who lived on next door to a kettle named Whistler in the bustling town of Brekkie. At various times in the day, but particularly in the mornings, Whistler could be heard making a familiar, high pitched happy sound as he worked. He just loved his job. In fact for him work was his favourite way of letting off steam. As he worked little Bernie would be taking it…

Are you a true entrepreneur? (12 Definitive ways to tell)

Are you a true entrepreneur? (12 Definitive ways to tell)

Here are 12 Definitive Ways to tell if you are a TRUE entrepreneur or not… Are you?: 1. Endlessly Optimistic A true entrepreneur is always armed with a bottomless well of optimism. Hopefulness about the future they are creating is something that they have in abundance. Are you optimistic about the future? Are you filled with hope about the outcome of your BiG idea?   2. Never Gives up They are laced with bags of tenacity! They possess a dogged determination that just refuses to give up. After each dose of ‘failure’, they rest, recoup, refocus and restart the quest of…